‘No major crime concerns’ –

2018-01-16 06:00

Contact crimes in the Sea Point precinct decreased over the festive season, despite the murder of a foreign doctor.

Sea Point police spokesperson, Captain Elizabeth Munro, says this festive season instead saw an increase in property crimes, with home burglaries and theft from cars topping the officers’ list of concerns. She attributes the increase to the influx of people into the precinct for events in the area, high numbers of visitors to the swimming pool and promenade, and residents going on holiday and leaving their properties vacant.

Extra police officers were deployed over the festive season, however, with greater visibility created by a “foot beat”, she says.

Munro says the only notable crime incident over the festive season was the murder of a Rwandan doctor in his home, allegedly by a man he knew.

The suspect was arrested only hours after the body was found (“Man arrested over doctor’s murder in Sea Point”, www.peoplespost.co.za, ­9 January).

Sea Point police were called out to the murder scene at a building in Beach Road on Monday 8 January at around 10:00. The tenants of the building had been complaining of a foul smell coming from a locked ­apartment.

Police requested the building’s caretaker to open the flat, where the body of the 40-year-old doctor, Raymond Dusabe, was found, confirms Munro.

Officers opened a murder docket and, after receiving a tip-off, arrested a 29-year-old man at around 17:00 on the same day.

According to international media reports, Dusabe was a gynaecological oncologist who had been working at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali. He had reportedly grown up as a Rwandan refugee in Burundi.

Dusabe was reportedly visiting Cape Town on holiday.

Dusabe has been lauded as a pioneer within his specialty. He studied as a foreign postgraduate student at Stellenbosch University and had been selected and funded by Tygerberg Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to sub-specialise in gynaecological oncology.

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